The Helen Hunt Visitor Center, known affectionately as “The Cub,” met its end on the morning of March 5.
Sadly, the tiny 100-year-old, cabin-like horse stable was simply at the end of its useful life. The Friends of North Cheyenne Cañon worked for years to raise money to replace the building. Fundraising included $75,000 over five years from sales of a charitable beer created by Bristol Brewing Co., the donated time and talent of Doug Fullen of Way Architects, and more than $38,000 from the 2011 Indy Give! campaign, among other gifts.
The replacement structure will also look like a rustic log cabin, and will feature round, glass-less windows that allow hummingbirds to fly in, just as its predecessor did. City program coordinator and visitor center manager Cathy Railton says the structure, which will be open only during the summer, is almost more of a pavilion, and won’t have modern amenities like indoor plumbing.
On the other hand, she notes, “It will not have rotten logs or a leaking roof, [and] it will be a lot more sturdy and sound for probably at least 100 years to come.”